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Skill usage

  • Garen Garen's strength as a bruiser comes from his passive, Perseverance.png Perseverance and Courage.png Courage to keep himself healthy along with his decent early damage and utility from Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike and Judgment.png Judgment, with Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice providing a reliable and powerful execute.
  • Garen Garen's health regeneration is greatly increased due to his passive, Perseverance.png Perseverance. This only activates if he can avoid receiving champion or monster damage for 9 seconds, granting him exceptional sustainability in lane as minions do not stop this effect.
  • Garen Garen's Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike makes him a powerful chaser, easily closing the gap and silencing enemies before they can cast a slow or any debuff. It can also be used to make a swift escape since it removes slows.
    • This makes Garen Garen very strong against most caster-type champions due to its silence; disrupting combos can save teammates by preventing casters (both AP and AD) from comfortably using all their skills before they endanger themselves, especially since Garen Garen himself is naturally tanky enough to rush in with little casualties, be it 1 v 1 or in a large teamfight.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike can be used effectively to push lanes, as this ability also affects structures (turrets and inhibitors).
  • Using Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike to catch up with, silence, and deal damage to a fleeing champion is the perfect precursor to a killing blow with Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike can be used to return to/move between lanes quickly, as it has no mana costs and a fairly low cooldown, along with a duration that increases the higher its rank.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike resets Garen Garen's auto-attack timer, effectively allowing him to deal good damage in a short period of time. However, Garen Garen will have to come to melee range without a speed boost if he uses the skill to double-attack.
  • While using Judgment.png Judgment, Garen Garen ignores unit collision; this combined with Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike makes for effective harass and initiation during the laning phase.
  • Garen Garen can be lethal in early game fights, especially after getting his ultimate. Judgment.png Judgment deals good continuous damage to enemies and Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike's speed boost is good for chasing enemies. Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice also does extra damage based on how much health the enemy has missing.
  • Garen Garen's best starting skill is Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike, as it can be used to last-hit, silence, speed himself up, remove slows, reset autoattacks and has very high burst damage at early levels.
  • Courage.png Courage and Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike mix well for a powerful chasing and escape combo. The speed boost from Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike allows you to get in or out of range, while the damage reduction of Courage.png Courage allows you to mitigate any retaliation from enemies.
  • Because of his strong early game damage from Judgment.png Judgment, Garen Garen lanes well with a partner with an early game stun such as Taric Taric's Dazzle.png Dazzle, though he is most often played as a solo top laner.
  • Unlike other abilities, Judgment.png Judgment remains active when Garen Garen is stunned because it is not a channeled spell.
  • With some points into Judgment.png Judgment, Garen Garen can easily farm and push minions with it.
  • Judgment.png Judgment is Garen Garen's main source of damage, but has a noticeable cooldown and long duration to maximize its damage. Make sure you activate Judgment.png Judgment properly or you will be left being fairly ineffectual in combat while it is on cooldown.
    • Take note that the damage is significantly higher if used on a single target, making it much stronger in dueling situations.
  • Beware that Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice can be blocked by Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil and its damage depends on the enemy champion's magic resistance and missing health.
  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice can be activated during Judgment.png Judgment on an enemy at low health. This will cause Garen Garen to immediately end his spin and cast if the target is in range.
  • While any champion benefits from brush control, Garen Garen excels at this due to the threat of his gap closing and damage capabilities; use this to your advantage, especially against ranged opponents.
  • With his unique Villain mechanic, Garen Garen scales well into the late game due to the extra true damage he does to said Villain.
    • Keep this in mind when you have Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice available, as the base damage alone will still do significant damage to the Villain due to its irreducible nature.

Build usage

Garen Garen is a melee champion, who excels in quickly killing priority targets and being able to soak up tons of damage.

  • Phage item.png Phage is a good early item for him and can later be built into The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, which is very effective on Garen Garen as Judgment.png Judgment can quickly apply stacks on multiple enemies.
    • Another option would be Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade; it gives similar AD and Armor penetration, but it also gives critical chance and a short boost to movement and attack speed. This makes it a great late game item when critical chance outscales raw AD and Garen Garen can use the extra attack speed to help destroy turrets.
    • They can also be built together for an easy source of 20% CDR to combine with Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage. This also increases wave minion clear due to minions having low armor values.
  • Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage is an excellent item due to its combination of damage and health, along with its passive to boot.
  • Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper is a good counter to teams stacking mass amounts of armor but gives no defensive stats, which are important if you are to survive the enemy's damage long enough to deal yours.
  • As both Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike and Judgment.png Judgment benefit from critical strike, items such as Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge increases the ability's damage output as well as his basic attacks.
  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius is a good anti-mage item. An early Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker can help Garen Garen against high burst magic damage.
  • While the AoE on-hit passive component of Tiamat item.png Tiamat and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is somewhat redundant on Garen thanks to how easily he can farm with Judgment.png Judgment, the active ability can be activated while spinning for extra burst.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Speed item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Boots of Swiftness item Sterak&#039;s Gage item Last Whisper item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Mercury&#039;s Treads item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Spirit Visage item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Warrior) item Mercury&#039;s Treads item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Last Whisper item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Boots of Swiftness item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Last Whisper item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Boots of Swiftness item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Last Whisper item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Boots of Swiftness item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Sterak&#039;s Gage item Last Whisper item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item


  • Garen Garen's damage output is very high early game; avoid early confrontations and play passively if needed.
  • Harass Garen Garen in lane every few seconds, if possible, to minimize the effect of Perseverance.png Perseverance.
    • Ranged champions can easily stop Perseverance.png Perseverance with an auto-attack (unless Garen Garen goes farther back, which forces him to miss last-hits) and farm in lane at a safe distance from him - they generally also have abilities to keep their distance. Ranged carries will scale stronger than him in this situation.
  • Avoid going into a brush that does not have a ward in it if Garen Garen's current whereabouts are unknown. Garen Garen players have a tendency to hide in bushes, due to the synergy between his silence from Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike and damage from Judgment.png Judgment.
  • Garen Garen is a cooldown based champion. However, all of his ability cooldowns are high. Try to attack him when they are on cooldown.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike is very good at stopping combos due to its silence; if you happen to be playing a caster champion who relies a lot on their abilities to deal most of their damage, be wary of this ability as Garen Garen can save a teammate or even himself from your burst, as well as leaving you without the use of your defensive abilities or summoners such as Flash.png Flash.
  • Be very cautious when low on health and you know Garen Garen's Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice is off cooldown.
  • It is often worth the investment to purchase armor to counter Garen Garen's high physical damage.
  • Think carefully before using your Crowd Control abilities on Garen Garen. His Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike will remove Slows and Courage.png Courage will reduce the duration of such abilities by 30% while active. Additionally, hard CC will not stop Judgment.png Judgment, only his movement. Keep some distance from him, especially if playing squishier champions as it deals very high damage over a short duration. 
  • Like most melee champions, Garen Garen is quite vulnerable to ranged harassment.
    • However, because of his high damage and better durability, he can force ranged champions away or even kill them if he gets all of his damage off.
  • Buying a Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker may help as it can block a fair amount of damage from Garen Garen's Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice early on. Do not forget that his main form of damage is still physical, however.
  • Because Garen Garen usually builds a lot of health, getting champions or items that deal % health damage can cause him to melt quickly, such as Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King's active and passive, Amumu Amumu's Despair.png Despair, Kog&#039;Maw Kog'Maw's Bio-Arcane Barrage.png Bio-Arcane Barrage, Vayne Vayne's Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts and Zed Zed's Contempt for the Weak.png Contempt for the Weak. Being able to outsustain his damage will also help.
  • Teemo Teemo is considered to be one of the best known counters to Garen Garen. He can effectively poke and escape from him, if played correctly. Teemo Teemo's Blinding Dart.png Blinding Dart can be used to both deal damage and prevent him from dealing damage with Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike (the silence will still affect you). Toxic Shot.png Toxic Shot allows you to harass and prevent his Perseverance.png Perseverance from activating, and Noxious Trap.png Noxious Trap allows you to slow and zone him. Use it while you are escaping from him, then retaliate when he attempts to escape. Keep in mind, however, that his combo is strong enough to kill you at early levels and he can utilize the brush to prevent you from harassing him.
  • Garen Garen's kit lacks any practical gap closer other than blowing a Flash.png Flash, and is thus very vulnerable to kiting of any sort.

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